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Best of the Strombo Show: The Strombo Show presents JONI 75

The Strombo Show presented a four-hour special honouring the 75th birthday of Joni Mitchell featuring exclusive covers and conversations.

“To us, the true value of song is in its ability to speak to the deeper voice in our own heads and connect us with others. Very few, if any, have done it the way Joni has. We take a moment ahead of her 75th birthday and gather voices to sing her songs, share their stories as a testament to our painter, poet, artist.” – George

This celebration of Joni Mitchell includes performances and stories from AHI, Alannah Myles, a l l i e, Andy Kim, Anemone, Arkells, Art d’Ecco, Bernice, Bif Naked, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlotte Cardin, Charlotte Cornfield, Chilly Gonzales, Coeur de pirate, Courtney Barnett, Denise Donlon, Dizzy, Evening Hymns, 54-40, Fred Penner, Grand Analog, Haviah Mighty, Hop Along, Jean-Michel Blais, Jeen, Jennifer Castle, Jeremy Dutcher, Jill Barber, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Judy Collins, July Talk, Kacy & Clayton, La Force, LIGHTS & Regent Park School of Music, Lissie, Lost Cousins, Mac Demarco, Maestro Fresh Wes, Maiko Watson, Martha Wainwright, Mary Gauthier, Maylee Todd, Milk & Bone, Molly Johnson, Murray McLauchlan, Nazareth, Nilüfer Yanya, Partner, Randy Bachman, Richard Reed Parry, Robert Trujillo, Rufus Wainwright, Safia Nolin, Sarah Gadon, Sarah McLachlan, Shad, Silver Pools, Steve Earle, Sunflower Bean, Sureilla, Taylor Knox, Terra Lightfoot, Tom Morello, The Trews, Vivek Shraya, The Weather Station & more.

Broken Social Scene, Chastity + Nikita of Regent Park School Of Music

This Sunday night is for music lovers.

Broken Social Scene, joined by Feist and Jason Collett, celebrate and tease new music and revisit some of their biggest songs in the House Of Strombo. An institution in Canadian music, Social Scene reunited with the album “Hug Of Thunder” in 2017 and have been bringing their show around the world since. We have previously welcomed members’ other projects — including Do Make Say Think, Kandle, La Force and Stars — but this time, they all come together in one of our most triumphant sessions.

Chastity is Brandon Williams from Whitby, Ontario and his album “Death Lust” is one that George declared, “gives me hope.” Brandon is a devout DIY mind, creating art and concert series in his hometown to build a community and through his songs, he challenges the systemic racism that hometown breathes. In an exclusive reveal of his stringed quartet arrangement, Williams unravels haunting renditions of his songs.

Nikita Austin feels music with her body through vibration, whether it is the piano, the steel drum or the flute. As a student of the Regent Park School of Music, a non-profit community school, she has honed her craft to fight against her consistent loss of hearing. She visits the House to bang the drum and chat with George about her absolute passion for music.

We’ll also welcome our friend Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent to reminisce about the legendary Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks and their first American tour, supporting the punk heroes. And you might know her from our HIP30 and JONI75 specials, the wonderful Charlotte Cornfield reveals her new song for you.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Strombo Hundo 2018

It’s that time of year again.

George shares the best records of the year with you from Alexandra Stéliski to Kali Uchis, Janelle Monae to Ellevator, Courtney Barnett to La Force, The Lonely Parade to Kacey Musgraves, Alessia Cara to Witch Prophet, Fanny Bloom to Jennifer Castle and more.

We’ll also welcome a few friends of the show to share their favourites, including Bahamas, Elisapie, Jennifer Castle and Sarah Harmer.

Join the collective.
Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

A Very Special Strombo Holiday Special

Throw a log on the fire, drown yourself in some eggnog and turn up that radio dial as our friends come together to perform and share their stories for you.

We’ll welcome Alan Doyle, BadBadNotGood, Choir! Choir! Choir!, cleopatrick, coeur de pirate, The Dears, Dizzy, Hannah Georgas, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, John Prine, Kevin Hearn, La Force, Leif Vollebekk, Lido Pimienta, Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Maylee Todd, Mo Kenney, Partner, Queer Songbook Orchestra with Leah Fay of July Talk, Regent Park School Of Music, Rich Aucoin, Sharon And Bram, Stars, Vivek Shraya, The Weather Station, Yukon Blonde and the last surviving member of the band behind the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, Jerry Granelli.

Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.
Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Dizzy, Jean-Michel Blais + John Prine

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo.

John Prine is one of the world’s most integral word slingers. He’s king of the songwriter’s songwriters, one that Bob Dylan described as: “pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree.” In one of our most warm and intimate sessions, Prine shares his stories while strumming his hymns of yesterday, Merle Haggard and of his Grammy-nominated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness. His inimitable impact was identified through the cavalcade of musical legends that walked in the door to the House Of Strombo, lead by Gordon Lightfoot himself and followed by those that included Basia Bulat, Blue Rodeo, The Dirty Nil, Hollerado, Jim Bryson, Matt Mays, Sam Cash, The Strumbellas, Terra Lightfoot and The Weather Station.

Dizzy are three brothers and a close friend since 9th grade math class, Katie Munshaw, from Oshawa. They make music “to combat the anxieties of this provincial ennui” that we first heard covering The Last Time I Saw Richard on our Joni Mitchell 75 Special earlier this season. With their debut album Baby Teeth unleashed, they meditate on the feeling with George and strip-back their day-dream arrangements at the piano.

Also on the ivories tonight is our friend, Jean-Michel Blais. He was evicted from his Montreal apartment earlier this year, a space that hosted pop-up concerts and was immortalized on the cover of his debut album. He’s documented one final session in that room on his recent Eviction Sessions EP, the follow-up to his Polaris Prize-nominated, dans ma mains. With wit and presence, Blais brings us into his world by transforming George’s piano, discussing the therapeutic power of music for his Tourette symptoms, why he quit the conservatory and his work within South American orphanages.

George brings four hours of commercial-free, algorithm musical exploration to you, including an appearance from our friend Dallas Green and a tip of the hat of the two mighty Kathleen’s – Hanna and Brennan.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Spiritualized + The Weather Station

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo.

Spiritualized’s leader Jason Pierce sits down on the back porch of George’s home in Topanga Canyon to discuss what he thought would be their final album, And Nothing Hurt. It was a six-year journey for the king of controlled chaos to create the record, breaking himself down through the sonic exploration. In conversation with Strombo, he details his recording techniques, the value in patience, the life within records, learning one’s limitations and if it is the end for Spiritualized.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a force from the Haisla Nation of the Haisla kala speaking people that earned the short list at this year’s Polaris Music Prize for their relevant record, The Average Savage. They are one of Strombo’s favourite voices today. Earlier this season, The Rez Kids joined Jeremy Dutcher and Partner for a Polaris Artists Cauldron. In their return to the House, they go in on their Eminem appreciation, their work with Tiny House Warriors, suicide, their anti-pipeline anthem and they’ll unravel their Offset cover with DJ Kookum.

The Weather Station crafted a statement with her self-titled and self-produced record. One that cements her position amongst the best singer-songwriters in the country. She’s joined us before to cover Neil Young, collaborate with Bernice to cover Joni Mitchell and performed on last year’s A Very Special Strombo Holiday Special alongside Hannah Georgas and Luke LaLonde of Born Ruffians. With her incredible band, Tamara Lindeman returns to the House Of Strombo. This time, with her own songs to tell her own story.

We’ll exclusively premiere new music from Man Meets Bear and Twist. In the spirit of the year-end perspective, we’ll revisit some of the best covers that have been performed in the House Of Strombo, including Charles Bradley‘s powerful Neil Young rendition, Spoon‘s David Bowie reimagination, Jeremy Dutcher‘s delicate approach to Joni Mitchell, Kate Tempest‘s take on Bob Dylan and many more.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Chilly Gonzales, cleopatrick + Pascal Siakam

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo

Chilly Gonzales returns to the piano in the House Of Strombo. The former rapper and super villain tickles his own soundtrack to the conversation to celebrate his latest, Solo Piano III. With George standing beside the piano, Chilly talks about the evolution of his music school known as The Gonzervatory, his ever-growing roster of collaborations and more, before delivering a gentle tribute to George Michael.

cleopatrick want you to “fuck whatever you think rock is.” Riding high on the fumes of their year, which included praise from BBC and Spotify tastemakers and a stage shared with one of their favourite bands, the duo from Cobourg tell George their story and testify to the school of Frank Ocean.

We’ll also be joined by Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors‘ frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He’s a man that has been putting numbers on the board and one that isn’t afraid to be honest. Pascal unravels his playlist and talks about the strength of his mother, building a legacy for his late-father, the locker-room, appreciation of Meek Mill and his return home to Cameroon.

George will spin the best songs in the best order, including an O’Pears song premiere and we’ll nod to the life of the great Jaco Pastorius featuring George’s conversation with Jaco-superfan and Metallica bassist, Robert Trujillo.

Behemoth, Chief LaRocca, Grand Analog + Peter Mansbridge

We raise hell in the House Of Strombo this Sunday evening.

Behemoth are monsters of their craft. They are Polish extreme metal lifers. They have weathered death threats, stood trial before Poland’s Supreme court and conquered cancer and released eleven albums. Their leader Nergal sits down with George to endeavour into his headspace of fear, loneliness, acceptance and relentless ambition to self realize before they deliver an apocalyptic storm of sound in the most evil session that we’ve welcomed into the House Of Strombo. An audience arrives in corpse paint and we will reach unprecedented levels of distortion and madness.

Grand Analog are self-described as a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self-described beat junkies. Their emcee Odario and George go way back to talking wax outside gas stations and that passion is reignited in Grand Analog’s first visit to the House to cover Joni Mitchell for our JONI75 and to celebrate the release of their Donna Summer EP and Survival EP.

Peter Mansbridge sits down with George to discuss his upcoming project, Peter Mansbridge: In Search Of Human Rights. The former CBC News chief correspondent and friend of the show details his journey to understand the state of human rights and who is defending them. He sought out to answer those questions in his first independent documentary through conversations in Kenya, Guatemala, Greece, China, Germany, Hungary, Turkey and Canada. In conversation with George, Mansbridge talks about the documentary process, life after the news desk, the current political climate at home and the United States and his undeniable appreciation of Drake.

We’ll also be joined by Chief Kelly LaRocca, the Chief of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, to spin some of her favourite records from Childish Gambino to Elisa Jayne, the jazz that she was force-fed and early days in her punk band, Tit Sweat.

Tell all your friends where the flames rise.

The Charlatans, Chippewar, Nilüfer Yanya + Wayne Kramer of MC5
The Strombo Show kicks out the jams for you on this Sunday‘s edition.
The Charlatans outlasted both the Madchester and Britpop scenes. On their higher level, twenty-seven years since they first earned a number one album and through the loss of two members, they perform a rare acoustic duo session from the House Of Strombo. Their biggest songs. Their latest cuts. Memories of their origins, their road miles and they’ll be joined by Vancouver’s own FRANKIIE to cover a modern west-coast anthem. It’s truly a special one, hearing The Charlatans without the Hammond.

Wayne Kramer once said, “Who do I see when I look in the mirror? I had to take time and find out that I wasn’t who I always thought I was. If I look back at my track record, I was kind of a prick. A pushy, shovey, driven, self-obsessed, self-seeking young man.” It’s been a long strange trip. George sits down with the guitarist that founded The Motor City Five, the emerging punk force that formed protests and guided a new direction of musical approach. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Kramer revived MC5 with members of Soundgarden, Fugazi, Faith No More and Zen Guerilla. He takes a moment to strum George’s nylon stringed guitar and talk about his work providing instruments to prisons with Jail Guitar Doors project, radical politics, jail jams with Red Rodney, sobriety, the value of free jazz, collaborations with Johnny Thunders, GG Allin, the Black Panther Party, his thoughts on the new guard with Rage Against The Machine, Eminem and beyond.

Nilüfer Yanya grew up with Turkish, Irish and Bajan heritage in West London have undoubtedly informing a sound that has not only earned accolades from BBC and Pitchfork, but footing on stages with her musical idols. All at 22-years-old. She brings her songs into the House Of Strombo, following her stripped-down and honest performance on our JONI75 special.

Jay Soule is from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg). He also goes by the name Chippewar to create his art, representing the hostile relationship that Canada’s Indigenous have with the government over their land. He designs and prints some beautifully loud artwork and apparel with a message. He’ll explore his story and spin some of his favourite songs with George.

We’ll also be visited by our friend Kandle and Strombo will premiere new music from former member of The Posterz, Kris The $pirit.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.